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Eggnog French Toast Bake

I really have to confess that I don’t much care for Eggnog. But, to be fair, I guess I’ve never really had a great version of it.

I’m open to suggestions if you have any.

I does make an excellent coffee cream, and a great ingredient in desserts. Plus, it just tastes like Christmas when you bake a pan of french toast with it, with the added bonus of making your house smell amazing.

This is the perfect make ahead breakfast for Holiday guests. It takes about 5 minutes to put together, cover it and let it sit over night and in the morning all you have to do is throw it (figuratively, of course) in the oven and sit back and watch the wonder and amazement on the faces of your guest that you pull off something so tasty without even breaking a sweat.

But, you really should wait until you have guests or you will eat the entire pan all by yourself with your dog eyeing the pan and judging you the entire time.


Eggnog French Toast Bake


  • 1 loaf texas toast style thick sliced bread (or a loaf of French bread) cut into 2 inch cubes (about 5 cups)
  • 2 1/2 cups eggnog
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Arrange the bread cubes in a 9x13 inch baking pan.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Pour over the bread, toss lightly to coat.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, and up to 24 (I recommend refrigerating overnight).
  4. Preheat oven to 350. Bake french toast uncovered for 35 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.


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68 Responses to Eggnog French Toast Bake

  1. Blog is the New Black December 3, 2012 at 5:03 am #

    Looks awesome!!!

  2. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies December 3, 2012 at 6:55 am #

    I’m not terribly crazy about eggnog either, but I love eggnog flavored things. Weird, right? So this sounds awesome to me!

    • Jackie December 3, 2012 at 10:27 am #

      Not at all, that is exactly how I feel. I’d much rather eat my egg nog than drink it.

  3. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction December 3, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    Mmm, this sounds like the perfect way to use eggnog!

  4. RavieNomNoms December 3, 2012 at 7:41 am #

    Wow!! I did a french toast bake like this last year and it was SO good! I didn’t use egg nog though. How perfect for the holidays!

  5. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet December 3, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    I am thinking Christmas morning breakfast for sure! Pinned!

    • Jackie December 3, 2012 at 10:28 am #

      Me too! Or maybe I’ll try and concoct some kind of egg nog cinnamon roll, although that will be much more work!

  6. Ashley - Baker by Nature December 3, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    Jackie, this looks crazy good! This is the kind of breakfast I could sit in my jammies and eat all day long – no shame!

  7. Averie @ Averie Cooks December 3, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    I’m all about a good make-ahead bake. Just pop it in the oven when ready – and one that uses eggnog, even better!

  8. Cassie | Bake Your Day December 3, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    I came over to this post thinking “what am I going to say, I really don’t like egg nog at all.” And then come to find out, you aren’t a fan either. Soulmates?

    • Jackie December 3, 2012 at 11:10 am #

      For reals. I would need to drink the bourbon first because I would need to be drunk in order to choke down a tall glass of thick milk. I could gag. But the flavors are amazing when you can eat them and not drink them. I had eggnog creme brulee once that totally changed my mind about the eggnog flavors.

  9. Bree December 3, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    I am all about french toast bakes and unlike you I love eggnog so this looks fabulous!

  10. Julie @ Table for Two December 3, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    girl, i don’t care much for eggnog either but i LOVE cooking with it. this french toast bake is the PERFECT breakfast item to make for a big family gathering over the holidays!!

    • Jackie December 3, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

      I know! It smell so good when it’s baking it makes me forget how much I don’t like to drink it.

  11. Tisha Brock December 3, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    Oh My. This is the best I’ve ever seen eggnog look.

  12. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious December 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    Can you believe I’ve never had eggnog before? But I would still make this french toaste bake in a heartbeat! It would be a perfect make-ahead breakfast for Christmas morning!

  13. claire @ the realistic nutritionist December 3, 2012 at 3:35 pm #


  14. carrian December 3, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    My hubby and dad would go crazy for this!

  15. Jolene December 3, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    How festive!! My brother and mother LOVE eggnog, but I am not a fan at all. I am very intrigued to try it since you, too are not a fan of it! It’s amazing how different things can taste when applied in a different application.

    • Jackie December 3, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

      I’m not a fan of drinking it, but I love to bake with it. The flavors are amazing.

  16. Julia | JuliasAlbum.com December 3, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

    Breakfast? I’ll take it as a dessert any time of the day!

  17. what katie's baking December 3, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

    this looks SO good… i didn’t know whether to pin it under “desserts” or “breakfast” haha!

  18. Jen @ Savory Simple December 3, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

    If you want a good over-the-counter version, I love Southern Comfort for super rich or Silk Soy Nog for a lighter version. Both go well with dark rum topped with cinnamon. But I definitely prefer baking to drinking in this case. This looks amazing.

  19. Rachel @ Bakerita December 3, 2012 at 11:27 pm #

    Looks amazing, and I love that there is no custard making or anything – so easy! Can’t wait to make this for my family over the holidays 🙂 Pinned!

  20. Kita December 4, 2012 at 4:57 am #

    My inner fat kid is raging for breakfast right now.

  21. OLGA Marra December 4, 2012 at 8:50 am #


  22. Sarah | Shine Food December 4, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    This has Christmas morning written all over it! (Also, WHY have I never thought of adding eggnog to my coffee?!)

    We’re celebrating our favorite holiday recipes on the Shine Supper Club this month and this recipe would make an awesome contribution. I hope you’ll join us!

    • Jackie December 4, 2012 at 11:53 am #

      Thanks! I love Shine. And, it wasn’t until I was making this and searching in the fridge for my coffee creamer that I finally realized how great eggnog is as a creamer.

  23. Krissi December 4, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

    If you don’t like the thickness but like the flavor try milk nog. If I buy regular egg nog I usually mix it with milk so it isn’t so rich.

  24. Maggie December 5, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    Brilliant! I am all over this…it may make an appearance more than once this year…my 6 year old is going to LOVE you for this. Egg nog and bread two of his favorites!

  25. baker street December 6, 2012 at 1:13 am #

    I LOVE that first shot, Jackie! This would be just the perfect breakfast come christmas morning.

  26. Melissa December 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    Would it be ok to use cinnamon bread instead of French bread or Texas toast?

    • Jackie December 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

      I think so. I haven’t tried it, but it sounds lovely.

  27. Maggie December 7, 2012 at 7:39 am #

    Hi there, I discovered your blog by way of Foodgawker! I’m hooked!

  28. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. December 7, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

    I’m not a big fan either. Well, for drinking it anyway. I think it’s just too thick for me. But, I could definitely eat this deliciousness!

  29. Julia December 9, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    Oh man!! You come up with some good ones. This looks amazing and perfect for Christmas morning!

  30. The Void December 9, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    Call it French Toast Bake all you want, but this is bread pudding.

    But what’s in a name? A bread pudding by any other name would still taste delicious. If calling it a French Toast Bake means you can have bread pudding for breakfast, I’m cool with that.

  31. Rebecca Thompson December 13, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    there is other way to make those french toast to make them crunchier?

  32. Kate December 20, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    This looks amazing I’m so excited to make it!!!

    I have a possibly stupid question… Should you spray the baking dish first with Pam? Or does it not need it?

    • Jackie December 23, 2012 at 10:54 am #

      You can, I didn’t. It should be fine either way.

  33. PamB December 22, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    We have family Christmas breakfast every year, and the first year I brought French toast casserole instead of traditional French toast, it was such a hit I couldn’t believe I hesitated to change that tradition. Now I can combine this with one of my very favorite Christmas treats — eggnog!!! I can’t wait!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  34. Jena December 23, 2012 at 6:07 am #

    I was thinking about using challah bread instead? Do you think it would be okay?

    • Jackie December 23, 2012 at 7:32 am #

      I think that would be awesome 🙂

  35. Ana December 23, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    I’m headed to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients!! I cannot WAIT to bake this on Christmas morning!

  36. Kimberly December 23, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    Hi, we tried this and followed the exact directions. It turned out soggy and mushy and runny. We even put it back in the oven for 15 minutes. It was like a runny bread cinnamon soup. Are the proportion correct?

    • Jackie December 23, 2012 at 10:55 am #

      I’ve had several people make it and they said it turned out like mine did. Did you use thick slice bread? Regular sandwich bread isn’t dense or thick enough.

  37. Samantha December 23, 2012 at 8:45 pm #

    I just prpped this for tomorrow morning morning, I added vanilla and some epicure maple spice and then added apples to the top with a sprinkle of both maple and cinnamon…cannot wait for the morning!

  38. Christina Sabor December 24, 2012 at 12:45 am #

    Turned out great! I changed the ratios a bit to fit with the bread I used. I just made sure it was all soaked, but not “swimming” in liquid.
    I also made a caramel sauce.

  39. Karen December 24, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    Southern Comfort Vanilla Spice eggnog is the best! No alchohol, just fabulous taste!

    • Mary B. December 27, 2012 at 5:46 am #

      I second that! Southern Comfort Vanilla Spice is number 1!

  40. Colleen December 27, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    Sounds delicious! Can you freeze this after baking? I’d like to use up our extra eggnog and loaves of bread, but we’ve eaten so many sweets this past week, this seems too much right now.

    • Jackie December 27, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

      Not sure, but you CAN freeze eggnog for up to a month. Put it in a large freezer zip lock bag (might need another set of hands for that!), get the air out and just put it in the freezer. Revisit it in February 🙂 And bread freezes really well too.

      • Eileen January 27, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

        Just a month? My Husband buys extra in season and freezes it and thaws it out for Christmas in July. Is this wrong?

  41. Beth @ My Family Story December 30, 2012 at 5:42 am #

    Great work! This is a great breakfast toast casserole.

  42. Nadia December 31, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    We made this for Christmas and it was great! It wasn’t a strong eggnog flavor though, maybe because of the brand i used. I will make it again next year and maybe serve it as a dessert with ice cream!

  43. Angel January 4, 2015 at 9:38 am #

    I prepared this dish last night, and baked it this morning. It turned out incredible. I recommend it highly.

  44. Kim November 5, 2015 at 2:41 pm #

    This is a favorite in my family. We added vanilla extract, I agree the southern comfort vanilla spice egg nog is the best! I used a large loaf of French bread cut into 1″ cubes and sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top before I bake! Never any leftovers 🙂

  45. Single Dad Cooks2 December 24, 2015 at 1:56 pm #

    Just put it in the fridge, only had half a loaf of Texas toast left so I halved it. Surprise Christmas breakfast for my son. Thanks Jackie!!

  46. Polly December 31, 2015 at 8:24 am #

    This is a totally delicious recipe! I made it for Christmas brunch and will be making it agian on New Year’s morning. A nice change from using regular milk.

    • flandeb January 2, 2016 at 2:12 pm #

      Just made this but cut the recipe in half. Delish & super easy! This will be my new go to when we have over night guests.

  47. Diane December 31, 2016 at 8:43 pm #

    Made this for Christmas morning. It was a big hit with the family! They liked it so much we did it again for New Year’s breakfast.
    Easy and delicious.


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